WS: Irwindale: Post-race notes

* BMR Dominance at Irwindale . Steve Portenga (No. 16 NAPA/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet) delivered the Bill McAnally Racing team its seventh win in the past eight visits by the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series to Irwindale (Calif.)...

* BMR Dominance at Irwindale . Steve Portenga (No. 16 NAPA/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet) delivered the Bill McAnally Racing team its seventh win in the past eight visits by the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series to Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. Brendan Gaughan swept three series races at Irwindale in 2001 and Austin Cameron piloted the NAPA-sponsored Chevrolet to victory lane in 2002 and two races in 2004.

* Just like old times . Although it was Portenga's first win since joining BMR at the beginning of this season, it was not his first win at Irwindale. His first career series victory came in the inaugural series visit to Irwindale in 1999, driving for car owner Jim Offenbach.

* Another Bud Pole for Duncan . Mike Duncan (No. 9 Lucas Oil/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet) dominated Bud Pole qualifying last season, setting the fast mark at seven of 13 events. He is continuing that dominance this year, winning the Bud Pole in three of the first five races. He was quickest in qualifying at Irwindale, with a lap of 98.157 mph.

* Third, again . Brett Thompson's (No. 61 Rich Thompson Trucking Chevrolet) third-place finish at Irwindale marked his second consecutive third-place finish on that half-mile oval.

* Career-best finish . Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Sarah Fisher (No. 20 NAPA Filters/Domino's Pizza Chevrolet) had a career-best finish at Irwindale - finishing on the lead lap in eighth.

* No place like home . After qualifying second quickest and leading the early laps, series rookie Andrew Myers (No. 44 Toyota of Escondido Chevrolet) had a career-best seventh-place finish at his home track of Irwindale. Myers competed in the NASCAR late models there in 2003 and 2004.

* Featherlite Most Improved . Myers won the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award at Irwindale. He bounced back from an 18th-place finish at the previous race, Stockton, to finish seventh at Irwindale. Featherlite presents the award at each event to the driver who improves the most finishing positions from the previous event.

* Another POWERade Power Move . After damaging his primary car in a recent test at Irwindale, Scott Lynch struggled with his back-up car during qualifying at this event. The race was a different story, however, as he charged from 18th on the grid to finish second and win the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award. At each Grand National Division event, POWERade presents the award to the driver who advances the most positions. Lynch has won the award three times this season.

* Strong newcomers . Several newcomers to the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series had a successful debut at Irwindale. Daniel DiGiacomo (No. 31 City of Home Chevrolet) finished 10th and Robbie Brand (No. 37 Big Bear Choppers/Dinapolis Eatery Ford) finished 12th. Eric Hardin (No. 01 Hardin Buick-Pontiac-GMC-Honda Chevrolet) ran on the lead lap for much of the event, but finished the night in 19th after getting caught up in a late-race incident.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Brendan Gaughan , Steve Portenga , Brett Thompson , Scott Lynch , Austin Cameron , Andrew Myers